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Duvel - Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV


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5,821 Ratings

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Ratings: 5821
Reviews: 2553
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was really excited to open this and try it... until I opened it to try it. First thing was the abundance of skunk smell. Luckily the appearance was nice and the flavor was nowhere near the smell. Not sure if it was suppose to smell like that but I am willing to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 06:03:42 | More by 2013beer101
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New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A beady, snow white head sinks quickly, but never completely dissipates. The color is a pale yellow. Clarity is somewhat hazy.

Smell: Apple and citrus esters are backed by wisps of clove-like phenols. A faint spicy hop aroma is present. As is true to style, malt aromas are restrained. Altogether, the aroma is surprisingly soft for a beer of this weight.

Taste: Fruity and spicy esters continue to dominate. Alcohol warmth is immediately apparent, as is mild hop bitterness, which is well-balanced by toasty malt. The bitterness and alcohol warmth are experienced through the finish, but neither are overpowering. The dense combination of flavors is both complex and round, creating an exemplary showcase of the many possible flavors produced by pale-colored beers.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation ensure the effervescent finish that is typical for this style. Also both present and typical is the slight dryness from hop bitterness and carbonation.

Overall: Although somewhat light on the nose and a bit "iffy" in terms of appearance, the taste serves as a paradigm for beers. With yeast, malt, and hops together in perfect harmony, this beverage is what you use to silence a friend who demands to know what "good beer" is supposed to taste like.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 17:12:07 | More by BethanyB
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4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden orange colored beer with a white everlasting compact foam, a delightful for your sight looking it to reflected light.Hoppy and intense fruity aroma,wonderful.Its taste is malty sweet ,very complex, very pleasant, even though is high in alcohol content it is well hidden to your palate.Medium bodied ,very smoth mouthfeel.Fantastic beer!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 14:59:54 | More by Tebuken
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4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a duvel branded tulip glass

Appearance: Golden body with 3-4 fingers of head. Nice lacing and definitely had a fresh look

Smell: Pronounced lemon and citrus, biscuit malt, some yeast, touch of spicy hops.

Taste: lemony, seltzer like character. I would say that there is a good amount of hop character backed by some malt but not too much. a little bit of alcohol shines through. A slight hop aftertaste that reminds you that it is a little strong.

Mouth feel: medium just right. Not too watery but not viscous either.

Overall I think it is an excellent beer and definitely would drink it if someone gave it to me or if I saw it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 00:23:10 | More by Mises85
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New York

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel signature tulip glass.

Appearance: A pale gold body with very hard bubbles all over and pretty much as cloudy as it gets, the head itself is your average white but is very thick rising up to 2/3" off the body.

Smell: Strong citrus skin, heavy lemon if you ask me. Strong yes, the most desirable depends on the mood.

Taste: A huge lemon sour power bomb, with a scooping dose of yeast that might be overwhelming for some. I like it's unique sourness almost like a rye bread topped with the right sprinkle of ground black pepper.

Mouth: Easily described as heavy bodied, with a sour finish...A tad dry but citrus sticky after taste.

Overall: I have had Duvel god knows how many times and never gave this beer a proper review up until today. Borderline perfect, and usually a steady for me preferably in the summer because of it's citrus background. One of the best go to's you will ever have....grab a glass and enjoy. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 07:35:10 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I've ever had. It pours a smooth light gold with an enormous head that hangs around forever. It's the kind of beer that gives you a foam mustache. Smell is very pleasant. It's light, fruity and not overpowering. The taste is perfect. It's smooth and creamy. It has a complex flavor but it's still very drinkable. Be careful. This beer will mess you up. It's 8.5% Alcohol but it goes down like water. A four pack will get you pretty far gone.

If I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life, this would be it. The balance, the taste, the appearance; it's perfect. Duvel wins beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 23:27:17 | More by Ryan_Graham
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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stubby bottle, hill farmstead stemware

The oft overlooked Duvel - really a fine beer. Glowing crystal-clear golden body, huge white foam and a lingering cloud. Another classic - sharp carbonation but a nice body for something that appears so light. Light bitterness, lemon rind, hoppy, peppery european hops. A nice one.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 22:47:05 | More by dirtylou
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3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pours to my Tremens tulip light clear gold with a big fluffy white head. Aroma of yeast funk, hay, hops, and light sugar. Flavor is sweet dry and effervescent hay and honey. Light mouthfeel and very easy drinking. While I like others like Piraat a bit better than this one, it is an excellent choice and could be enjoyed in any occasion or weather.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 00:58:07 | More by BMMillsy
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Ontario (Canada)

4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle from LCBO for $3.60 CDN into oversized wine glass- Best before October 2015.

A- An aggressive pour into the glass yields 3.5 fingers of head, leaving extraordinary lacing and a massive white cap in the center. A Pale golden color that is seems surprisingly light given its flavor profile. Golden but definitely not transparent this beer is a sight to behold.

S- Biscuity malts followed by dark fruits. Maybe some hint of plum and pear as well. Wonderful.

T- Perfectly balances between its breadiness and the dark fruits following it. Slight happiness on the finish.

M- Highly carbonated but super smooth and only very minor hints of the devilish alcohol undertones.

O- There’s a reason why it’s rightfully touted as one of the best beers in the world, the perfect balance Drinking this without prior knowledge of its ABV you would never guess that it’s a robust 8.5% Belgian Pale Ale

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 20:20:37 | More by DenisKolkin
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Quebec (Canada)

4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a vaguely cloudy pale straw (champagne-looking) with an impressive, creamy head that starts out huge and remains perfect throughout. Excellent retention; nice spots of gloppy lacing.

Beery beyond belief. Sweet lemon notes with really prevalent hop aroma (hay, grass). A bit of doughy yeast, but just enough to notice.

Pretty stanky with a big hop bite (borders on a medicinal bitterness in the back of your throat). Musty dirt flavors with a bready backbone. The malt balances the bitterness so that neither is the most prevalent flavor. Fabulous!

Pretty light body. Great carbonation. Creamy but sparkling, lingering but clean. Exactly how it should be.

Excellent beer in every way. Likely worthy of a straight five rating across the board (I like to think there is a white whale out there somewhere, though). This is what beer should be. Encompasses everything that makes us love beer (whatever its style).

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 20:00:51 | More by TheDoctor
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2.66/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this in a box of 3 750ml bottles. Been eying it for a while and wanted to give it a try. Bottle conditioned and as this is the 3rd of the 3, all have been slightly different -this the most funky of the bunch. Pours dark gold, thick head fades fairly quickly. Aroma has a slightly stale moldy essence. There is a twang to it, like budweiser with corriander dryhopped. And that is exactly it -an upscale, and expensive bud that has gone bad. I dont mind a little skunk in a green bottle lager, but this was intentional and went horribly wrong. They tried to "high end" this and screwed up when it could have been a decent (and drinkable) mile golden ale. Like a homebrew experiment that failed. Never again.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 04:13:18 | More by Curtis
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South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Straw-colored, pale, clear, nice looking head.

Smell: I'm honestly not getting a whole lot out of this. I can smell the alcohol. It smells a little sweet and a little like nail polish remover.

Taste: Sweet followed by hoppiness. Bitter finish. Again, not getting a ton of flavor. Maybe my tastebuds are off tonight for some reason? It's not bad, but I don't have a lot to comment on.

Mouthfeel: Good. Growing carbonation that lingers on the tongue, otherwise smooth.

Overall: I don't know what's up, but I'm not terribly impressed by this oft-loved beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 02:15:25 | More by mporter249
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3.26/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before 07 2015. Today is 7/1/13.

A - Effervescent. Straw in color with a big thick white head. Very Clear. Looks like a Chardonnay with a head!

S - Grain and corn initially. Then light fruit notes of pear and apple. The more I smell, the more I notice the phenol tones.

T - Corn is the strongest flavor I get up front. Banana comes through with the yeast notes. The finish is aggressively bitter. The hops offer nothing in flavor but really hold this ale up for the finish.

M - HOT. Very carbonated. Slight 'slick' mouth feel.

O - I think my sample may have had a hard life in its journey between the brewer and my glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 23:22:03 | More by GregBlatz
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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a duvel tulip.

A: Brilliantly clear lemon yellow. Massive rocky white head retains very well at an impressive four fingers. Foamy clumps of lacing stubbornly grip the glass.

S: Pilsner malt lends soft bready and biscuit aromas and that bit of trademark sweetness. Yeast is distinctly Belgian. Chalky earth, very slightly clovey and medicinal, subtle white pepper. Hops lend grassy tones with a bitter herbal component. A perfect display of balance and what I will call 'simple complexity'.

T: Pilsner malt leads off with its distinctly sweetish breast and biscuit taste. A hefty dose of grassy and herbal European hops is a perfect foil to the malt base. Peppery and spicy yeast, lightly chalky too. High attenuation means this beer is very dry overall. Hop bitterness rules the back end and grabs the most attention on the finish, though some yeasty spice contributes too.

M: Light in body. Stiff bast of scrubbing carbonation. Creamy and airy. Very smooth.

O: This is one of the all time greats, a classic for the ages. An absolute must-try. There really isn't much to think about if you really dissect this beer, but its greatness is derived from its perfect balance and legendary drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 02:58:40 | More by ryan1788a5
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours sparkling and with champagne effervescence and brilliant clarity. Light straw color, gold, with a terrific head of white foam that sat on top and fell slowly to patterned lacing. Picturesque. The nose is splendid. Fruity with apple and some yeasty spice. Pear, white grape, pepper and clove. Light pale malt underneath fresh grass and a touch of musty earth for depth. Taste is elegant and light. Fruit and spice perfectly matched with a light grain malt that tickled the palate with the sensation of bubbles as the flavors flourish. The body of the beer is soft and creamy, bright and animated. Grassy notes and earth add depth and it sports a touch of white grape to remind one of champagne not only in looks but in taste and in a sparkling dry finish.

Fruits engage the palate and the sour makes the mouth water. The light grain malt sways and bends across the tongue for a feeling that is light and refreshing. The champagne bubbles tickle you and the dry finish is complimentary. There is a touch more alcohol than you might at first realize and that is ticklish too and makes you smile as it warms you. The pear comes out more and the grainy malt starts fluffy but then deepens slightly to remind you of a still life painting with fruit and bread and cheese. This is a work of art. Radiant and pleasing to the senses. Captivating.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 13:55:31 | More by utopiajane
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2.05/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Puchased a 1 pint 9.4oz bottle from Costco.

Golden pale color, white head that reamains throught the pour and while drinking. Smell seems off.

Dont understand the bid deal, skunky like most European beers...nothing special.

Good news....gave me a nice buzz.


Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 23:56:25 | More by SmokeyP
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4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden color, slightly transparent. Foam not too thick, lacey-like. Small amount of bubbles

Smell is sweet, fruity, almost bubblegum-like. Smell of hop present.

Taste is smooth with a hint of citrus, goes down easily. Surprisingly easy to drink despite the high ABV. Light, refreshing taste. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Very good pale ale. I would especially recommend this to people who are just exploring more exotic beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 18:39:09 | More by lotheer
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very pale, yellow, big head

Aroma: Hops and pears

Taste: Malty, a little bitter

Remarks: This was one of my earlier reviews, so the info isn't as complete.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores as listed and just go by the overall total.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 12:38:45 | More by IchLiebeBier
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4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: slight floral, sweet malty,

Appearance: pale straw gold, hazy

Taste: well balanced malt with subtle hop bitter finish. A fuller taste and feel than the color would have you believe

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, tangy bitterness with thick malt feel,

Overall Impression: a straight forward, no holds barred Belgian strong blonde ale classic. Nothing too fancy about it, just pure Belgian brewing at its best and most delicate.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 21:20:29 | More by dwren89
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4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into my snifter at cellar temperature.

Duvel has a head is like no other head I've ever seen. It's like the head has a mind of it's own (pun intended), as it forms a four-finger-plus mountain of firm, white foam which rises well over the rim of the glass, yet somehow doesn't overflow. Over the next 10 to 20 minutes, it proceeds to meld into a variety of strange shapes which vary each time I have this beer. Also, clumps of foam stick tenaciously to the top of my snifter long after the main mass has died down. The body is a bright golden straw color that is clear at first, but it gets hazy as one's refills reach deeper toward the bottom of the bottle, which is how your senses will start to feel at that point from the deceptively high alcohol content.

The smell is of sweet white bread, resiny green grapes, and tart granny smith apple. A nice combination.

Tastes yeasty! The fruity tartness from the smell is here too, reminding me a bit of white wine. But this is a beer. The hops make that clear. There are definitely a subtle hops taste and bitterness, though it's a different kind of hoppiness than what an IPA has. I believe these are what people call "noble hops." They are indeed refined, but I prefer to call them "aristocratic hops." No trace of alcohol, by the way.

The carbonation is high, but it's not as carbonated as the humongous head woulda made me think. It feels light, crisp, and sprightly.

Duvel may be standard-setting as a Belgian strong pale ale, but it's also unique. Easily my favorite European beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 01:49:48 | More by Kuaff
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4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Long been my favorite beer. High ABV but not overwhelming. Soft mouthfeel due to fine carbonation. Nice, consistent taste, not overstated. Dangerous because it is one of the few high ABV Belgians you can drink multiplies of without getting tired of it.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 12:18:28 | More by pjsikorsky
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4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

330ml bottle. Poured into a Chimay glass.

Beautiful clarity. Straw in color with an absolutely astounding white head. It looks like a cloud.

Yeast in the nose and some bread. Some faint hints of Brett.

Extremely crisp. Sharp bite on the tongue. No alcohol notes come through initially. More light bread and biscuity notes. Did I mention the carbonation yet? Well it just brings everything together. Amazing. Some slight sour notes but really the dry finish is where this hits home.

It doesn't get better than this.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 00:46:30 | More by stewart124
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New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up this beer at Top Hops, having never tried this before. Although it packed quite a punch, this was a great Belgian Strong Pale Ale once I was able to get past the sweetness in the taste and the booze that was the undercurrent beneath everything else. It was never overtly present and the beautiful appearance and complex light fruit flavors hid it well, leading to the "Devil" in this beer that eventually made its presence felt!

The pour to this was wonderful, as the golden hue, strong head, and sheets of lacing combined for a pleasing effect. I even swirled in the yeast on the bottom, as it slowly settled into the beer like the downdraft during a thunderstorm. The aroma could have been a bit stronger, as the alcohol and sugar combined for a acrid sharpness. They weren't as strong in the taste, as apple, pear, grass, straw, and clove could all be felt in sip after sip. Banana and bubblegum were in the back as this almost reminded me of a Witbier as the aftertaste set in. This was too strong and without the wheat but the appearance and notes of that style were enough to take this beyond a typical Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

That stylistic moniker was appropriate for this, as this was quite strong and took a while to fully enjoy and savor. Because the carbonation was so persistent and easily discerned, this felt like a champagne squared by the time I finished it off. Although this isn't a type of beer that I prefer, there's no doubt that this is the standard by with all other beers of this style are measured up against. Dancing with the Devil may not be for everyone but all beer lovers out to give this a try to see if they're up for handling it , since this is one brew that deserves a try by all.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 12:57:29 | More by JerzDevl2000
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle purchase for 1.79 Euro ($2.34) at G20 Supermarches in Paris (their "supermarket"). Best by date 4/15.

Golden, slightly hazy elixir poured into tulip. Huge two finger head of white foam, thick lacing.

Banana, cloves, vanilla, spice.

Tangy, tart citrus, spice, sweet fruit. Nice.

Medium to light body, highly carbonated, tart.

Nice Parisian "cheap" brew. Á votre santé!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 18:18:41 | More by CaptCleveland
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Duvel a couple weeks ago for $4.29 at The Lager Mill. I have never had this beer before, I have always wanted to try it but the price put me off a little, but I decided it was time to try it, so lets see how it goes. Best before 02 2015. Poured from a stuby Belgian 11.2oz brown bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice clean and classic look to it, I like it. It poured a slightly hazy pale straw yellow color that took on a bight golden yellow hue when held to the light with four fingers worth of rocky and fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and it left tons of lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, it's pretty close to being perfect, I really like it.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a nice citrus rind aroma with lemons seeming to stick out the most followed by lots of grassy, hay, earthy, and straw like aromas that are followed by a slight bit of biscuit malts. Up next I get some spicy yeast with cloves seeming to stick out the most followed by some lighter tart aromas towards the end. This beer had a pretty good aroma that I thought was very true to style, I enjoyed it.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a Some nice bready and slight biscuit like malts followed by some citrus rind with lemon still stickint out the most, it's similar to lemon grass and it's followed by some grassy, earthy, and straw like flavors with some banana flavors that are a little on the lighter side and are followed by some spicy yeast with cloves still sticking out the most. On the finish there's a lighter amount of bitterness with just a little bit of tartness to go with it, with an earthy, grassy, and citrus rind like aftertaste. This beer taste pretty good, it was very true to style and the flavors were very well balanced, I enjoyed it.

M- Smooth, crisp, refreshing, a little dry, medium bodied, with a higher amount of carbonation that was pretty prickly. The mouthfeel was pretty good, the higher prickly carbonation worked really nice with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and a very good example of the style, I've had more than of a few of this style and this beer seems to do the best job at showing what this style is really about and all the aspects of it seems to be balanced nicely. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, refreshing, not filling, and the flavors did a great job at holding my attention, it would be nice to drink a few of these during the summer, but the price prevents me from doing so. What I liked the most about this beer was how true to style and balanced it was and the appearance was also very good. What I liked the least about this beer was the price, it's a very high quality beer, but I still don't think it's worth the price, that's the only downfall with this beer. I would buy this beer again, but it wouldn't be often because of it's price, this would have to be a once in a while beer. I recommend this to anyone who likes Belgian Pale Ales, it's a very good and true example of the style. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, I had some higher expectations for this beer since it's highly regarded and it met my expectations nicely and I think this beer gets all the respect it deserves. It made for a good fist impression and I will be on the look out for some different Duvel beers, great job guys. So far there is no doubt that is my favorite Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 03:48:33 | More by StoutHunter
Duvel from Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
95 out of 100 based on 5,821 ratings.